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Omar Refuses To Vote To Condemn Genocide of Armenian Christians By Turkish Muslims

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Minnesota Democrat Congresswoman, Rep. Ilhan Omar, had a chance to take a stand against genocide and punted the ball.
For a woman who claims that she cares about human rights and marginalized people she voted “present” on a bill recognizing Armenian genocide.
And her explanation of why she voted “present” and not “yes” was as ridiculous as the vote she cast, CNN reported.
“I believe accountability for human rights violations – especially ethnic cleansing and genocide – is paramount,” she said.
“But accountability and recognition of genocide should not be used as cudgel in a political fight. It should be done based on academic consensus outside the push and pull of geopolitics,” she said.
“A true acknowledgement of historical crimes against humanity must include both the heinous genocides of the 20th century, along with earlier mass slaughters like the transatlantic slave trade and Native American genocide, which took the lives of hundreds of millions of indigenous people in this country,” she said.
If that sounds like a ton of words to get around why she, someone who met privately with Turkish President Erdogan, voted present that is because it is.
And she is not the only one who should be ashamed. Another Democrat and a Republican voted present and 11 Republicans had the nerve to vote no.
The Armenian genocide was the slaughter of non-Muslim Armenians, many of them Christians, by Turkish Muslims between 1915 and the 1920s, History.com reported.
“Christians had to pay higher taxes than Muslims, for example, and they had very few political and legal rights,” History.com said.
“In spite of these obstacles, the Armenian community thrived under Ottoman rule. They tended to be better educated and wealthier than their Turkish neighbors, who in turn grew to resent their success.
“This resentment was compounded by suspicions that the Christian Armenians would be more loyal to Christian governments (that of the Russians, for example, who shared an unstable border with Turkey) than they were to the Ottoman caliphate,” it said.
“In 1914, the Turks entered World War I on the side of Germany and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. (At the same time, Ottoman religious authorities declared a holy war against all Christians except their allies.),” it said.
On April 24, 1915, the Armenian genocide began. That day, the Turkish government arrested and executed several hundred Armenian intellectuals.
After that, ordinary Armenians were turned out of their homes and sent on death marches through the Mesopotamian desert without food or water.
Frequently, the marchers were stripped naked and forced to walk under the scorching sun until they dropped dead. People who stopped to rest were shot.
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At the same time, the Young Turks created a “Special Organization,” which in turn organized “killing squads” or “butcher battalions” to carry out, as one officer put it, “the liquidation of the Christian elements.”

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